WATCH: Former Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. scores 1st NFL TD
Former Alabama play-making tight end Irv Smith Jr. scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday night.
Smith, who was a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, became wide open on a third and goal play from the three-yard line. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion hit Smith for the first score of his NFL career.
Smith caught three passes for 21 yards in the Vikings’ preseason opener against the Saints.
Here’s his first NFL touchdown Sunday night:
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During two seasons at Alabama, Smith caught 58 passes for 838 yards and 10 touchdowns. He should be a big-play threat from the tight end position in the NFL.
While Smith is known as a receiver, he’s really focussed on his blocking in training camp.
“I think Irv has surprised us,” offensive adviser Gary Kubiak said Thursday at training camp. “We saw a smaller, athletic player, but he’s really on the line of scrimmage surprised some people.”
One of the few criticisms of Smith’s game has been blocking.
“If you watched my film at Alabama, I feel like I definitely can block as well,” Smith said. “But, you know, I’m a little undersized, so that’s kind of what they say (about being more of a pass catcher). But I feel like I’m quicker than most tight ends, so I can get under guys faster and just get movement.”
It’ll be interesting to watch Smith’s game develop at the highest level.